Everyday in newspapers, online, and on the radio, we are vividly reminded that the persecution of others continues to violently persists all over the world because of religious, political, cultural, and gender prejudice and ignorance.
The yellow candle symbolizes the yellow 6 pointed Star of David badge inscribed with the word “Jude,” (Jew) that every Jewish man, woman and child were forced to wear in Nazi-Occupied Europe. The flame represents the lives and souls of 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust before and during World War II.
As a Jewess, Woman, Mother and Grandmother, I wanted to share Yom Hashoah because I believe that no matter what our religious, political, cultural or gender differences, we must never forget the tragedies and inhumanities of the past!
In order to eliminate the horrors of the past and present, and create a better future, I think that we each should do our utmost as individuals, families, communities and/or countries to teach adults and children to respect, appreciation and accept of others’ differences. I sincerely trust that my books and program are a small, but significant, contribution to that tremendous task.
While I was researching this post, I found a profound a Yom Hashoah Day story written by Andrea Strongwater. Andrea’s words resonated with me. I hope her story will also be meaningful to you.
Thank you for reading this post!
Shalom, שָׁלוֹם, may peace reside in your heart.
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